With those big eyes, long silky ears and gentle, trusting personality, Cocker Spaniels are one of the most beloved breeds in the country. After all, who doesn't love Lady, the star of Disney's "Lady and the Tramp?" As adorable as he is, your Cocker Spaniel puppy has more than good looks. Bred as a hunter, he's an energetic sporting dog who loves lots of exercise and the occasional swim.
He'll eagerly join playtime, making him a great family dog. The Cocker Spaniel is a beautiful, and intelligent dog that commonly makes a terrific house pet. However, this breed must be properly socialized as a pup to avoid behavioral problems that can occur in adulthood.
History of the breed
Origin: England Year Recognized: 1878
Breed History & Job Description: Cockers are hunters’ companions. Their job is to use their sensitive nose to find game birds (like grouse or pheasant) that nest in dense bushes and high grass. Cockers flush the birds into the sky so a hunter can shoot them, and then bring the fallen bird back to the hunter. The Cocker Spaniel was America’s most popular breed of the 1950s. It was the era of Disney’s “Lady and the Tramp” and a Cocker named Checkers who helped change the course of U.S. politics
Cocker Spaniels are generally a healthy breed. Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia and eye disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Cocker Spaniels are healthy dogs.